Tuesday, December 30, 2008

AnyDVD Again Cracks the Latest BD+ Copy Protection

On Monday Slysoft released version of AnyDVD HD, which now cracks the latest iteration of BD+. Slysoft, based in Antigua, generally thumbs its nose at organizations like the MPAA and says it is promoting "Fair Use Rights."

The only slightly embarassing part of this story is that they first made that claim with version, then had to quickly release to add "more support" for the latest BD+ copy protection.

BD+ had been designed to be extensible as they were sure the the original protection scheme would be cracked (shows just how confident they were). Although considered by many to be one of the key differentiating features of Blu-ray, which led to its adoption by more studios, BD+ was not released until late 2007. After Slysoft cracked the first iteration, Macrovision came out with a new release, but now the ball is back in Macrovision's court.

For those who don't know, AnyDVD can be used two ways: it can sit between your DVD and software like Nero, making it believe the DVD is unprotected, or it can rip the DVD to your hard drive itself. There are two versions of AnyDVD, an HD and a non-HD version.

In their press release, Slysoft decided to not be too modest (emphasis and comments mine):
Although newer BD+ decryption wasn't expected until February 2009, today's AnyDVD HD (yes, yes, it's now release decrypts copy protection on all current Blu-ray movies and, in turn, ensures that consumers may continue to backup and enjoy their Blu-ray movie purchases even when using computer monitors that are not HDCP compliant. In fact, Anydvd HD remains the only program that can decrypt all commercial Blu-ray releases, and this incredible magic is, as per usual with Anydvd HD, performed on the fly without requiring users to rip first to their hard drives.
The changelist for / 3 is as follows: 2008 12 29
  • New (Blu-ray): More support for new version of the BD+ copy protection 2008 12 28
  • New (Blu-ray): Added support for new version of the BD+ copy protection
  • New (Blu-ray): Improved region code removal
  • Fix: Bug introduced in, MyMovies could hang
  • Fix (HD DVD & Blu-ray): Bug introduced in, retrieving disc information with DVD Profiler for HD DVD and Blu-ray discs did not work while AnyDVD was running
  • Some minor fixes and improvements
  • Updated languages
Of course, a program like this should only be used for archival backups. Photobucket Also, anyone considering buying this program should note that as of January 1, 2009, Slysoft will no longer have a free lifetime upgrade program, but instead an annual subscription. However, this means that if you buy before January 1st, you can still get into that program.

I hate to say it, but the subscription model makes sense, as they have to constantly update the program, much as an antivirus vendor must.

Start your downloading engines.

Update: Slysoft apparently keeps finding edge cases. They've updated the software yet again, to, as of 12/31.

Release notes: 2008 12 31
  • New (Blu-ray): More support for new version of the BD+ copy protection. All remaining discs with the new BD+ protection should work now, e.g. "X-Files 2 - I Want to Believe", US ; "In the Name of the King", US; "Meet Dave", US
  • Some minor fixes and improvements

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